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Campus Chatter – May 20, 2012

May 20, 2012

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Campus Chatter – May 20, 2012

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Abraham Ortelius issued the first modern atlas today (1570). Also, William Shakespeare’s sonnets were published (1609), fire damaged the York Minster cathedral (1840), President Abraham Lincoln signed the Homestead Act (1862), Levi Strauss and Jacob Davis patented blue jeans with copper rivets (1873), the signing of the Metre Convention created the International System of Units (1875), Thomas Edison revealed a prototype of his kinetoscope (1891), Cuba gained her independence (1902), Norman Rockwell debuted on the cover of the Saturday Evening Post (1916), Montréal’s XWA introduced regularly-scheduled radio programming (1920), the Treaty of Jedda recognized the sovereignty of what is now Saudi Arabia (1927), Science published Luc Montagnier’s discovery of the HIV virus (1983), and Radio Marti began broadcasting to Cuba (1985). And the U.S. Supreme Court held in Romer v. Evans that Colorado could not forbid city, county, or town ordinances protecting LGBT equality (1996).

Good morning! ::hugggggs::

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  • NCrissieB

    Yesterday on Campus

    Morning FeatureThe Republican Brain, Part III: Changing Minds, a Q&A with Chris Mooney
    Noontime NewsDon’t miss JimW’s proposal to boost the Hawaiian economy!
    Campus QuestionAt Eagle Forum, is “American values” code for “white Republican?”

    Today on Campus

    Morning FeatureHome Delivery? (Ask Ms. Crissie)
    Furthermore! – Winning Progressive with Weekend Reading
    Noontime News at noon
    Midday Matinee – winterbanyan with Venturing into the Right Wing Cesspool
    Campus Question at 6pm ET
    Evening Focus at 7pm ET – Silly Sunday: Social Network Breakups
    Our Earth at 8pm ET – Eco News Roundup

  • winterbanyan

    A small public service announcement. CDC is recommending adults get vaccinated again for pertussis (whooping cough). There is an outbreak of pertussis in the State of Washington, owing to the fact that many parents now choose not to vaccinate their children for fear of autism. (That’s an argument for another day and reams of articles beyond my scope of knowledge.)

    Anyway, immunity conferred by vaccination lasts only 18 years. CDC is concerned that adults may become exposed. They are even more concerned that adults may carry the disease to unvaccinated children.

    I would add my own suggestion here: Given the number of children no longer being vaccinated, it would be wise for all adults to get re-vaccinated for everything from polio to MMR and DPT. The CDC says that studies show an immune (vaccinated) adult actually has a “halo” effect, essentially conferring their immunity on those around them.

    I also can’t resist remarking that I’m sure at least some of us here well remember the days when these diseases were a scourge. If we can no longer prevent these outbreaks through childhood vaccinations, then we adults need to be sure we are not causing exposure inadvertently. Besides, do you want to get sick? I had polio, and I know I don’t. ;)

    Thank you.

    Hugggs and good morning.

    • NCrissieB

      It’s sad that adults have to get revaccinated for childhood diseases – and that children too young for vaccination are at ever greater risk – because a relative handful of people believed the rumors linking vaccinations to autism. There is no epidemiological evidence to support such rumors. Alas, this highlights the rhetorical power of emotionally compelling stories, regardless of facts.

      Good morning! ::hugggggs::

      • winterbanyan

        The State of Washington now freely admits they made it too easy for parents to opt out of childhood vaccination. Dealing now with a crisis, they are planning to make changes to their law.

        Pertussis is a horrid disease, but one which can be deadly to infants. I especially feel for parents whose children are too young for vaccination but catch this disease from a child who should have been vaccinated. I hope this is a wakeup call.

      • Gardener

        That vaccination – autism link was very sticky!

        Is there a vaccination against conservative BS? ;-)

    • http://cendax.wordpress.com Norbrook

      The terrible part of the vaccine-autism scare wasn’t that it was a “misreading of experimental results.” It was a coldly calculated effort by the scientist who wrote the paper to push the theory, so that he could market a test he’d come up with and make a lot of money. It was a case of major scientific fraud, and an awful lot of children have paid the price for that doctor’s greed.

      • glendaw271

        He was helped along by wannabe celebrities who used the issue to stay in the public eye.

    • addisnana

      I went to South Africa in 2003 and got shots for everything including redoing all the childhood diseases. Heck I’m covered for yellow fever and use-tse. In a burst of “let’s just get this over with” I had them all on one day. I remember two very sore arms!

      Five or so years ago a 6 month old Amish child in southern Minnesota went to a clinic and three hospitals trying to find out what was wrong with her. Her samples came to the CDC in MN where my daughter-in-law tested them. Polio.
      No one in that office had ever seen a polio test. They tried to estimate how many people had been exposed and the numbers were geometric. Luckily only two more kids, both Amish came down with polio and all three kids recovered.

      This is not something to be ignored.

  • http://cendax.wordpress.com Norbrook

    Good morning! It’s currently 54 degrees, clear and sunny. The lake is nicely smooth, giving a great reflection of the mountains around it. The black flies are starting to appear, but aren’t at peak, so it looks to be a good day. There’s a doe running across my lawn right now. Welcome to the wilderness! :lol:

    On the agenda today, “weekly reports and payroll.” They’re all due in Monday, and yes, we’re all now starting our “ramp up” to what it’s going to be like until the end of October.

    • NCrissieB

      What a lovely visual image, Norbrook! :grin: Well, right up to the “weekly reports and payroll” part, anyway…. ;-)

      Good morning! ::hugggggs::

      • http://cendax.wordpress.com Norbrook

        That’s why we lose so many assistants. :lol: Most of the people who start this come into it thinking that it’s a great job and we have it easy. Then, if they get it, they find out the truth. There’s a young woman who is now back being “field staff” after she spent two years in an assistant’s slot. I supervised her before that, and my evaluation of her turned out to be correct – technically competent, doesn’t handle stress well. She also liked having “a life” during the summer months. :lol:

    • winterbanyan

      Beautiful imagery, Norbrook. Thanks so much. I can just see it. :) I trust you found a place for all those pots and pans?

      • http://cendax.wordpress.com Norbrook

        Well, yes. It’s not the “handiest” spot, but it keeps them more or less out of the way and at the same time accessible.

    • addisnana

      Sounds idyllic, Norbrook. Just catching that image and reflection is probably why city folks come to visit you.

      I have a lot of black flies if you are short on them I could send some your way. :smile:

      • http://cendax.wordpress.com Norbrook

        Ours are just starting to hatch. Give us another week or so to catch up, and we’ll probably (from past year’s reports) more than match your population. The first thing I was told about this lake was that it was “black fly central for the Adirondacks.” :cry:

  • glendaw271

    Good morning! It’s currently 71° already. The good news is that it won’t be as hot as the last couple of days (not that I minded it much), as a cold front is going to come through in the early afternoon and keep the temperatures in the 70s.

    We’re going to have ribs for the Older W’s birthday, so I’ll have to be getting those into the oven in a few hours, as the Younger W works this evening. He has only three more days of school, then on Thursday there will be graduation practice in the morning for the graduation that night.

    • winterbanyan

      Enjoy the ribs, Happy Birthday Older W, and congratulations to Younger W on his graduation. What an exciting week for you. :)

    • NCrissieB

      Ooooh, ribs. What recipe are you using, and when should we be there? ;-)

      Good morning! ::hugggggs::

      • glendaw271

        The recipe is quite simple, as I believe that barbecue sauce should be added when served, in order to avoid burning the meat. I rub the ribs with Old Bay (it isn’t just for seafood!), then cook it slow in a cool oven (275°).

        That’s it. Six hours later, yum!

        It can be put on the grill for the last half hour or so to give it that wonderful grilled flavor, but I doubt if I do that today.

        • Gardener

          Mmmmmmm………..

    • addisnana

      Enjoy having your family all together today! Sounds like a great menu.

  • addisnana

    Good morning. I slept in because the sound of rain falling on my roof made me not want to crawl out from under the covers. Yesterday was in the high 80′s which I minded because I was mowing. The rain over night was, I think, a long steady soaker. I sure hope it helps the still too dry forest.

    For those of you with cable, BBC/National Geographic channel is featuring the North American Bear Center tomorrow night.

    I need coffee, more later.

    • NCrissieB

      I understand not wanting to get up when it’s raining. The sound of rain on the roof is so soothing…. :smile:

      Good morning! ::hugggggs::

    • Gardener

      Could use a soaker hereabouts too! Farmers need it already…… Neighbor was by yesterday, he is delaying planting beans, waiting for more moisture……. Luckily he is mostly a “Hobby Farmer.”

  • Gardener

    Good morning!

    We’ve 70 degrees so far, supposed to cool overnight and be a bit cooler early in next week, then back up around the 90′s later…….

    Worked a bit on the conveyor yesterday, then took the dirt bike out on a house call to one of my 7 Democrats. Was good to meet her, she said she would be willing to serve as election judge, as she has in the past. I left her with a couple of websites to look at, BPI included…..

    Watered the garden in the late afternoon, and to my delight, found PW cold-packing some pickled beets. Mmmmmmm. Harvested some kohlrabi and a few peas. Carrots will be ready soon. The early hybrid sweetcorn is starting to tassle. Cute little buggars, about 3′ tall……

    Can’t stay too long today, have a union meeting, gotta leave for the carpool in an hour. Have a decent day, hugggs!

    Best, G

    • NCrissieB

      Thank you for mentioning BPI to your neighbor … and more than that, thank you for visiting one of your precinct Democrats! :grin:

      Good morning! ::hugggggs::

      • Gardener

        She’s a dandy, we hit it off right away. Her husband, now deceased, had been a railroader….. One of her remarks, “We’re surrounded!”

        Also stopped in to visit a member of our union local and his wife, both D’s but not Primary voters it seems…… Two more on our side……. :smile:

  • Jim W

    Republican Examiner reports on Asian voters.

    The Old Dominion’s Asian population grew by 72 percent over the last decade, making it one of the fastest-growing Asian communities in the country, Census figures show. And with Asian Americans now accounting for more than 500,000 of Virginia’s 8 million residents, politicians are scrambling to win them over.

    Contrary to rumor, the Democrats has been including Asian voters for years.

    • NCrissieB

      Alas, for too many Republicans, “I didn’t know that” mentally translates to “No one could have known that.” Thus, the GOP don’t realize Democrats have been reaching out to Asian voters…. ;-)

      Good morning! ::hugggggs::

  • Gardener

    Off to the meeting, play nice! ;-)